Traverse County Detention Center – Wheaton, MN

Traverse County Detention Center is in Traverse County, Minnesota and is the main correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for someone in Traverse County Detention Center? This site will tell you info about everything a person needs to know about Traverse County Detention Centersuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Traverse County Detention Center? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Traverse County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Traverse County Detention Center
203 7Th Street North
Wheaton, MN 56296

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 320-563-4244
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who is in jail at Traverse County Detention Center you will need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Traverse County Detention Center Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information for anyone processed or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be locked up at a different jail you can look here, too: Other Jails in Minnesota


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Traverse County Detention Center website, or you can go in person to the Traverse County Detention Center. When viewing online you will need to put in their name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Traverse County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Traverse County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items with you, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Traverse County Detention Center frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Traverse County Detention Center phone number is: 320-563-4244

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Traverse County Detention Center is:

Traverse County Detention Center
203 7Th Street North
Wheaton, MN 56296

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Traverse County Detention Center
203 7Th Street North
Wheaton, MN 56296


The Traverse County Detention Center mail policy can change, so we suggest that you review the the Traverse County Detention Center website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Traverse County website, or at the Traverse County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents relating to your case are kept and available to you at Traverse County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge who presides over your court case. They do several different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you need to visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Traverse County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a docket and all documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal history. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Traverse County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Traverse County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Traverse County jail is no fun, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Traverse County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Traverse County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to someone in jail at Traverse County Detention Center changes, so you should visit the site before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Traverse County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Traverse County Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Traverse County Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in Traverse County Detention Center? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Traverse County Detention Center? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Traverse County Detention Center

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  1. Chaeli says:

    Hi daddy! I really miss you and mom says you really miss me to. I hope your doing ok. I wrote you a letter and sent it today. I hope I can see you soon. If you can call me if you can. I love you daddy. Love, chaeli

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